Passport Application Procedure

All applications must be submitted through the local DoD Passport and Visa Acceptance Agent.  The local Agent will provide you with detailed submission information.  Below are some of the basics to help get you started:

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Passport Application

Since passports are issued by the Department of State (DoS), it makes sense that a DoS form is required.  If you have never held a no-fee, or "official", passport, you must complete the DS-11.  If you have been issued a no-fee passport before, you must complete the DS-82.  The application must be completed online in order for a 2D barcode to be generated for processing.

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DD Form 1056

The DD Form 1056 provides the authority for DoS to issue a no-fee passport, Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) stamp, or to foreign embassies to obtain a foreign entry visa to DoD personnel. Detailed instructions on how to complete the DD Form 1056 will be provided by the DoD Passport Agent.

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Proof of Citizenship

Evidence of citizenship is required for a no-fee passport application.  documents will be returned to you.  Here are some examples:

  • Old passport not over 15 years in age ( or old no-fee passport if applicable) current passport will also work
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Certified copy of birth certificate from State Registers Office of the State person was born in.
  • Naturalization Certificate (Original)
  • Original Embassy Birth Abroad document.

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DoS will not issue a no-fee passport without a bone fide need for one.  Travel orders to a country or command that requires a no-fee passport for entry IAW the Foreign Clearance Guide is sufficient to meet this requirement.  In the absence of orders, please contact the DoD Passport Agent to determine whether a Passport Justification Memorandum may be used.

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You must present photo identification to the DoD Passport Agent as part of the submission process.  It is recommended that you bring at least one form of photo identification in addition to your Common Access Card (CAC).

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The above information speaks to general procedures.  This is in no way meant to supercede guidance provided by the local DoD Passport Agent, nor is it exhaustive of all requirements.  The local DoD Passport Agent is THE source for all passport and visa guidance.  Please see below for contact information.  If you do not see it, please log in with your NPS username and password for it to appear.